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Chip Road Bridge

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Railing, north side

Photo taken by Mike Kerkau in September 2018

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BH Photo #435201

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Facts 

Overview
Wooden bridge over North Branch Kawkawlin River on Chip Road
Location
Bay County, Michigan
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1930; rehabilitated 1959
Design
Timber stringer
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 52.8 ft.
Total length: 59.7 ft.
Deck width: 24.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+43.64889, -83.95778   (decimal degrees)
43°38'56" N, 83°57'28" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/261463/4837128 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Kawkawlin
Average daily traffic (as of 1995)
438
Inventory numbers
MINBI 09200016000B010 (Michigan bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory 2010 and before)
MINEW 00677 (Michigan bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory 2011 and later)
BH 19961 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of May 2016)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 74.8 (out of 100)
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Categories 

Bay County, Michigan (19)
Beam (13,404)
Built 1930 (1,618)
Built during 1930s (10,896)
Michigan (937)
Open (37,745)
Owned by county (19,222)
Span length 50-75 feet (9,273)
Structurally deficient (17,658)
Timber stringer (3,495)
Total length 50-75 feet (8,728)

Update Log 

  • September 27, 2018: New photos from Mike Kerkau

Sources 

  • Mike Kerkau - mjkerkau [at] gmail [dot] com

Comments 

Chip Road Bridge
Posted September 27, 2018, by Mike Kerkau (mjkerkau [at] gmail [dot] com)

Despite its Fair/Satisfactory inspection condition, this bridge doesn't give the appearance of being very well-kept, and for that matter neither does Chip Road even beyond the bridge.

Kind of disappointed to find the railings are pretty much guardrails fastened to the wooden supports. Better examples of proper wooden-railing bridges in the county are:

Nine Mile Road over the North Branch of the Kawkawlin River: https://www.google.com/maps/@43.7138816,-84.0676009,3a,75y,1...

Kinney Road: https://www.google.com/maps/@43.4933864,-83.7086255,3a,75y,2...

The latter is itself a wood slab.